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Something’s Gotta Give
& Favorite Movie Set Houses

by | Jan 18, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration

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Something's Gotta Give <br>& Favorite Movie Set Houses

I bet I know the answer to this question, but do you ever watch a movie and totally lose track of the whole plot because you are drooling over the house they are in? Yeah. me too. I look like I’m totally watching the movie but I am actually taking in every detail of the architecture, the decor, the windows, the rugs, the furniture. I can’t help myself.

Last night I was doing some catching up on blog reading.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the Skirted Round Table had an interview last week with the set designer of Something’s Gotta Give. I knew I better listen in! I know that movie has been around for quite awhile now, but I never get tired of looking at or talking about that house.

It was a fun interview and I learned quite a few things I didn’t know! Like, it wasn’t a house at all. Gasp. So sad about that. I was interesting though, learning what goes on behind the scenes in creating a house for a movie set and where the inspiration came from.

Anyway, if you have some time while you are hanging out on the computer and you loved that Something’s Gotta Give house as much as I did, you might want to listen in. Makes me want to watch the movie all over again.

Click the image below to head to The Skirted Round Table…but first, I have a question for you…

Something's Gotta Give <br>& Favorite Movie Set Houses

What are your favorite movie set houses?

I want to know your favorites so I can catch any I’ve missed.


  1. Janine

    So unoriginal, but I love Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City. I live in an apartment (townhouse), so I generally pay attention to the decor of small spaces onscreen.

    I love your beach style! I’m in Gresham myself, born and raised in Portland, and have been vacationing in Rockaway Beach for years. I’m jealous of your lifestyle.
    .-= Janine´s last blog ..OBEY Adopt =-.

  2. angie

    I loved the kitchen and conservatory in Practical Magic. The house in The Holiday was gorgeous also. During dumb chick flicks I tend to focus on either fashion (I’m looking at you, Sex and the City!) or interior design rather than the plot. Father of the Bride had another great movie house.

  3. brandy

    You’ve Got Mail, The Holiday, Bewitched, Because I said so, Nanny Mcphee, Housesitter, both Father of the Bride (with Steve Martin) movies…

    Love them all!

  4. Lisa

    I love meg ryan’s apartment in “You’ve got mail”!! I also really like the houses on the tv show modern family, the one with the three kids is my favorite :)

  5. Jojo

    This isn’t a room but instead an exterior. There is the most beautiful house exterior in Matilda. You only see it for a matter of seconds but it is a shot of the teacher’s house.

    I have heard that the house from Alvin and the Chipmunks is to die for but still haven’t seen it yet.
    .-= Jojo´s last blog ..High Museum & Friday Night Jazz =-.

  6. Danielle

    I just saw “Its Complicated” and loved every room of that house…even when they showed the outdoor shots…gorgeous!

    • Kristen

      Me too! I just told someone earlier today about completely missing the story line in this movie because I was so entranced by the house. I felt silly feeling so envious of a fictional character’s house, but I have to say it strained believability that she wanted to renovate and add on to it.

  7. Donna

    Hi. I, too, loved the house in Practical Magic (sad to hear that was only a set house and they took it down after the movie). But, my favorite house was in a so-so movie… “The House Sitter” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. I have been obsessed by that house for years! Also, in the new film, It’s Complicated, Meryl Streep has a beautiful house. Love these film houses!

  8. Tracy

    Going WAY back, I liked the houses from Family Ties, and Thirtysomething. I agree about Father of the Bride, too.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Not by Bread Alone =-.

  9. Emily

    Oh, I haven’t seen this movie. I love that living room.

    Just watched The Proposal last night and the family’s house in Alaska was definitely upstaging some of the actors. There was a theme of turquoise and orange through the movie and I just love those colors so I was having a hard time following the plot and checking out all the details :)

  10. LeAnn

    Hi Julia,
    Yes I have had that happen to me, I am so busy looking at the house that I miss crucial points in the movie….LOL! One of my favorite sets is You, Me & Dupree with Kate Hudson. I love that house!!! My next house is going to be a bungalow!!

    .-= LeAnn´s last blog ..Color happy kitchens =-.

    • Courtney Craig

      Agreed! What a great California craftsman! Adorable!

      Also, the Chicago condo in “The BreakUp” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Makes me wish my Chicago roots very much!

  11. Rana

    I love the house in You,Me and Dupree. It was a great Craftsman house. I also love the apartment on the Mad about you tv set. If I lived in New York that’s the place I would want. The house in Stepmom was a beautiful house too. I love the long front porch.
    .-= Rana´s last blog ..January Book Challenge =-.

  12. Melanie

    I like the Father of the Bride house. It has a lovely kitchen. I also like Somethings Gotta Give too. That great room is wonderful. I haven’t seen It’s Complicated but I have seen a few photos online and it looks great too. Her bakery in that movie is fabulous.
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Home Goods Score! =-.

  13. Suzi T

    I thought I was the only one who did this LOL! Yes, Somethings Got to Give has a gorgeous house. I also like the Griswold home in Christmas Vacation and the house in Home Alone. What I wouldn’t give for a big attic. I watched Iris last night. The friends beach house is small but lovely.
    I admit I also watch Under the Tuscan Sun and Le Divorce not for the plot but just because it they are so pretty.

  14. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    The beach house in Spanglish!! Yowza. And The Holiday. And It’s Complicated (why, oh why would you want to re-do that kitchen??)
    .-= Flower Patch Farmgirl´s last blog ..Dining In =-.

  15. Erin

    I loved the house decor in Knocked Up — the house where the sister and brother-in-law lived with their two daughters. It was bright and airy and I loved the use of family photographs throughout the house. The movie Funny People (with Adam Sandler) was directed by the same person and I swear he used the same set director as he did in Knocked Up. The house where the ex-girlfriend lived (played by the same woman who played the older sister in Knocked Up) had a similar feel: wonderful use of color and family photographs.

  16. Tracy! I think we might be sisters! I have been drooling over the house in Something’s Gotta Give for years. In fact, we just moved and I’m using the movie house as inspiration for decorating and choosing colors. Our painter comes next week and I cannot wait to see the transformation! Your post has me even more excited for some reason, now to check out that interview. Dare I confess that I even took the DVD with me to the hospital when I was in labor with our son???

  17. Annie

    I would kill for the kitchen in Something’s Gotta Give. Beautiful! And, Father of the Bride house just seems like the perfect house to raise kids. I love to dream!
    .-= Annie´s last blog ..Dear God, It’s Me . . . Annie =-.

  18. Jennifer

    I also love this set and would have to add The Family Stone and Father of the Bride as favorites. I agree that the sisters house on Knocked Up is great too. I LOVE to watch and learn from sets on movies!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Using Christmas ornaments all year =-.

  19. sheri

    i love Charlotte’s apartment in SATC. Just gorgeous. I think my love affair with houses started when i was 8 or 9 and saw the TV show “Family” – late 70’s show – had Kristy McNichol in it – and i remember seeing how they had a grand piano in the living room that was piled high with pictures in various frames and i thought even at 9 years old that was just really really cool. I also liked the house/dorm the girls lived in on the Facts of Life.
    .-= sheri´s last blog ..A picture. And what’s rambling around in my head about it. =-.

  20. Debbie

    There are too many to list. A few of my favorites are: Somethings Gotta Give, It’s Complicated (I want her kitchen.), The Family Stone, The Holiday, Father of the Bride, You’ve Got Mail, Nights in Rodanthe

    • Linda

      These are my tops also!

  21. donna good

    oh i am so very glad to find that link on movie houses! thanks!!!

  22. Kristen

    I’ve never actually seen Something’s Gotta Give, but I have seen pictures of the house. And I agree, it’s beautiful. I’m also kind of partial to the house in The Family Stone. There’s a ton of stuff in it that I would love to clear out. But that front porch is amazing!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Just to Be With Him =-.

  23. Mrs.Rabe

    I really like the house in Father of the Bride too! What a lovely family home! Warm, gracious, welcoming…that is what I like in a house!
    .-= Mrs.Rabe´s last blog ..Blog Links To Interesting Things… =-.

  24. Vee

    I watched “Little Women” with that in mind this year. (No, I do not usually drool over movie sets, but I’m not surprised that you do.) Anyway, I am making rag ribbons to recreate one of “the looks” for next Christmas.

  25. L.Duncan

    Love this house! As a matter of fact, I was watching this movie the other night when I put my boys to bed!!!! I also like it’s complicated!
    .-= L.Duncan´s last blog ..PAINTING CABINETS: HOW TO =-.

  26. Posey

    I agree with all the movies listed and would add the house Diane Lane lives in “Must Love Dogs”. Another really cute bungalow!

  27. S.

    Meg Ryan usually has great homes (and clothes) in her movies. I remember her homes in “Hanging Up” and “When a Man Loves a Woman” more than other parts of those movies.

  28. Krista

    I love Kate Winslet’s English Cottage in The Holiday. There is also something fun about Meg Ryan’s book store, and shabby chic apartment in You’ve Got Mail.

  29. Rosanne

    Oh, I totally did the same thing with that movie. I still think about it today, in this order Interiors, Stars, Plot. LOL


  30. deb

    I agree with everyone’s suggestions. One to add.. Helen Hunt’s apartment in As Good As It Gets. Very charming. I just saw an advertisement for Fine Living Network’s show – Cinema Style Designer Visions where they recreate a movie’s room. One of the designers is a fave – Thom Filicia.
    .-= deb´s last blog ..To Grandma’s House we go… =-.

  31. Wren

    I loved the home in Marley and Me…not the first one that he completely tore up, but the later home! Movie was touching and great, too!

  32. Janine Marshall


    Apart from the movie Something’s gotta give, I love checking out Practical Magic, not only for the house but also Sandra Bullocks shop (swoon). I also saw the other week Cathering Zita Jones in the Movie where she is a chef and ends up taking in her niece. Her apartment is really nice. And yes, you’re not alone, I am always looking at not only movies but sitcoms as well. And will often say to my husband, did you see such and such. Oh another movie that comes to mind is Jamie-Lee Curtis and Lyndsay Lohan in ????? Friday. (Sorry, the whole title is escaping my mind at the moment, think I need to go and lie down!!) this movie was another version that Disney originally did 20 or so years before……Jamie Lee and Lyndsey swap bodies for a few days, but who cares when Jamie’s home is so gorgeous. Anyway, have a wonderful week.
    Take Care

    Tasmania, Australia

  33. Christi

    I Love Love Love the house from Father of the Bride. It is magnificent. I also love the house from The Family Stone! So homey and comfortable!

  34. Sabrina

    I agree, Father of the Bride and You’ve Got Mail, have amazing houses/apts. One of my favorites is the house in Disturbia! It’s a gorgeous craftsman style. Normally, I’m all about farmhouses and the like, but for some reason, every time I watch this movie, I drool over he house (every little detail of it!). My other all time favorite is the house in the 90’s version of Little Women.

  35. Thea

    I had to laugh at myself. I thought for sure no one would say the same as me….BUT…several did…I LOVE Meg Ryan’s apartment in “You’ve Got Mail” too!! It is just so darn cozy! ( Her book store is great too).

  36. Lisa Currie-Gurney


  37. V. Higgins

    I *adore* the apartment in You’ve Got Mail, I heard Meg Ryan would actually move the furniture around on set to make it feel more homey. ^_^ I love the ranch home in Walk In The Clouds.
    .-= V. Higgins´s last blog ..Heart breaking =-.

  38. Sharon

    I love all the sets mentioned above plus Mia Farrow’s apt. in Hannah and Her Sisters (I THINK it might have been Mia’s actual apt.)

  39. Sharon

    Wow! I was so excited when I saw your topic. Whenever I think of “Somethings Gotta Give” I think of that gorgeous house and also the french music which added to the whole ambiance. “It’s Complicated” also had me comtemplating the fact that it’s the sets and clothes that I love as much as the story as I kept focusing on Meryl Streeps house and clothes. The outside of the house in Bottle Shock is also spectacular.

  40. Deidra

    You should check out hooked on houses. It’s a great site and it features homes in movies and on television. And yes…I know what it’s like to get lost in the house and miss the whole movie. Right now I’m loving the houses on Modern Family.
    .-= Deidra´s last blog ..May I Say Thank You? =-.

  41. black eyed susans kitchen

    Melissa, I’m with you..this is definitely one of my favorite houses. There are many others, but it seems that I am drawn to the rooms with flow and lots of space and light. The big, bright kitchens with views of the outside are always attracting me too. We just did something very daring (for us) in our kitchen this weekend. Pictures are on my blog today.
    .-= black eyed susans kitchen´s last blog ..PAINT ON A WHIM, EDDIE ROSS, AND GIVE AWAY UPDATE =-.

  42. Sandy

    Hubby and I just DVR’d “The Man with One Red Shoe” an early Tom Hank movie. Tom’s character lived in a Georgetown apartment that was really neat and I would love to see more of it.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..My Wrist Warmers! =-.

  43. Holly

    So pretty much ANY Nancy Meyers movie has a GORGEOUS set, right?? Other people have already touched on my faves as well… Father of the Bride, The Holiday (both houses, plus Jude Law’s house, omg!), You’ve Got Mail, and my two new fave set decors… It’s Complicated and Julie&Julia!!!! SO PERFECT :) xoxox Holly
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..count your blessings… =-.

  44. nana

    Love this room…large but cozy!

  45. Darci

    It’s already been mentioned, but I sometimes watch “The Holiday” just to dream about swapping homes with someone. I love both houses…the cottage & the enormous L.A. home…for very different reasons. Oh, it is so fun to dream. :)

  46. Beverly

    This is a great post subjuct. I wrote down several movies I want to see again, just to see the houses. I too, loved the house in “Somethings Gotta Give” and the just saw “It’s Complicated” and found myself looking at the decor instea of the actors, although I loved the movie.
    I really loved the redo process of “Tuscan Sun” with Diane Lane. I actually bought the movie and watched it 3 times. Just came from a post @ where she talks about the decor and food in Cher’s “Moonstruck” Now I want to go get that movie too. Thanks for the fun post.

  47. Deputy's Wife

    I love looking at movie sets!!! For years my favorite set was Sally Field’s character’s home on Steel Magnolias. Loved that place. Now, I am thinking it is the Spanish Style home of It’s Complicated. This is a link to a blog I found that has pictures of movie sets.

    It’s fun to look at!!!
    .-= Deputy’s Wife´s last blog ..It’s Not Possible =-.

  48. stacy

    saw “it’s complicated” over the weekend and, whoa, loved the house, interior and exterior, and the grounds.
    .-= stacy´s last blog ..Master Bedroom Metamorphosis =-.

  49. pam

    MY all time favorite is probably Father of the Bride, but I also covet the kitchen in Stepmom with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. It’s a very sad movie but worth the tears to check out the house.
    .-= pam´s last blog ..bridal shower =-.

  50. Aimee

    Definitely the house in “Dan in Real Life”…and the house is REAL!! It’s amazing.
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Purling Prayers =-.

  51. Ang

    This is why I love blogs…I find out I’m not alone in my craziness! My hubs doesn’t understand why I watch Something’s Gotta Give over and over again when I don’t even like the movie, uh, I just love looking at the house!

    Other movies I watch over & over for the house: Father of the Bride and You’ve Got Mail (although, I really like the plot of both of those movies as well).

  52. Julie

    This post is soooo funny (and revealing) I do the same thing! Although I do love the storyline, I’m primarily drooling over the home decor/layout/ect. My favorites are “Father of the Bride” and “Something’s Gotta Give” as well as “What lies beneath”. I own all these dvd’s so I can pop one in when I need some inspiration.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Handbook for 2010 =-.

  53. Amanda

    Stepmom is my favorite house by far.

  54. Jenny

    i’m not alone, but must shout out, Father of the Bride. To die for.

  55. lynne

    The interior of the house in Nights in Rodanthe. Everyone talks about the exterior or that house and it was too fabulous too but the interior shots of the faded rugs, the shabbiness, the colour – the house was definitely the star of that movie. Also, Rosemary’s Baby – loved what she did with that brownstone.

  56. Meredith

    Of course, most of the homes mentioned above, but also an English terrace house in a movie starring Richard E. Grant called “Jack and Sarah” and the huge house in Cheaper by the Dozen . Meredith xo.
    .-= Meredith´s last blog’s to us…… =-.

  57. Maura

    YES….You’ve got mail…love her apartment, Practial Magic..conservatory, The Holiday…Kate Winslet’s English cottage and most certainly Something’s Got To Give…the whole house!!!!

  58. mandie segura

    I LOVED mandy moore’s kitchen in Because I Said So, and the entire EVERYTHING from Dan in Real Life….the house both inside and out, and the entier state of Rhode Island, for that matter! At least I’m pretty sure that’s where it’s based!

  59. sarah

    I have the same love and adoration for the house (set?) of Something’s Gotta Give but I’ve also, secretly, coveted the beautiful home (inside and out) in Father Of The Bride. :)

  60. Holly

    You’ve Got Mail, Cheaper by the Dozen- I love the artwork on the cabinets in the old house, but I love the new house,

  61. Lauren

    I watch the movie “Hanging Up” solely to see Meg Ryan’s house and especially kitchen. I love watching the house change through the movie as those projects we all have slowly get completed. My favorite part of the kitchen is the window seat that wraps around under a corner window. It is perfect for entertaining while cooking.

    • Erin

      I totally agree with Lauren. Hated the movie “Hanging Up”, but I now will watch just the parts with Meg Ryan’s house, just to drool & take notes. I love every part of it. I want those open shelves. And the window seat. And the flowered courtyard.
      .-= Erin´s last blog ..Help for Haiti =-.

  62. Andrea

    I loved the Home Alone house, always wondered why they wanted to leave during the holidays with a gorgeous house like that!

  63. Hillary

    There are too many to name. I always thought that the Something’s Gotta Give house was super cool, but wasn’t it like a U-shape where you could see one side from the other? Kind of like Cameron Diaz’s high school house in Something About Mary? Oh my. Can’t believe I just went there.
    Anyway, yes. Super house and love all the ones mentioned: Cheaper by the Dozen, Father of the Bride, etc. All classics!!

  64. Laura

    I also liked Meg Ryan’s house in “You’ve Got Mail” and the “Father of the Bride” house. Note to Donna… the “House Sitter” house was filmed at a home in Concord, MA, next to my hometown. I don’t remeber the house esactly from the movie, but the homes in that town are gorgeous!!
    I am like the sets of “Modern Family” on ABC on Wednesday nights.. a great mix of different styles (I’m too much of a rookie to be able to name them!)

  65. Grace

    It’s funny I just did a post last week on my blog about one of my favourite rooms from the movie Calamity Jane ( It’s not that this is my favourite room, actually, it is more the transformation that takes place from hovel to cute little cabin.

    I also love the country house Doris Day and Rock Hudson go to in Pillow Talk. If you have a chance to see that little gem – take note of how her clothes always match the room she is in. I love it.
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Freezer Fairy Soup =-.

  66. Tami

    My favorite of all time was the Pennsylvania house in Marley and Me. I also love the English house in The Holiday too and the Family Stone house too.

  67. Ohlookaduck

    Oh, the house in Nanny McPhee! I *love* the colors and have to rewind the movie to reconnect to the plot I get so overwhelmed with the house.

    I’ll no doubt kick myself over other ones I love, but that’s my first choice.

  68. Judi

    The one that comes to mind first and foremost is the houe from ‘Practical Magic’. The whole house, inside and out! If I could live there, I would die a very happy girl!

  69. Phaedra

    I love love love Meg Ryan’s apartment in You’ve Got Mail! Its my all time favorite. I could just *see* myself living in that apartment. I also love the house in Message in a Bottle, so casual and comfy. This is a great topic as I am planning on getting a new apartment and will need lots of decorating inspiration!

  70. Vic

    I often adore movies simply because of the houses/scenery featured! In addition to a few of my favorite that were already mentioned (HouseSitter and Practical Magic) some extra fabulous movie houses/sets are George of The Jungle’s treehouse, Forrest Gump’s big white house, the beach house in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, I Dreamed of Africa, and Beetle Juice!

  71. malissa

    the best set is IT’S COMPLICATED! absolutely loved her kitchen and bakery–i’d go see the movie again just to take in the scenery!

  72. meg duerksen

    i paused the movie Old School because of the tile in the kitchen! :)

    i love the set of Family Man, The Holiday, and Julia Childs home in julie& julia. :)
    .-= meg duerksen´s last blog do =-.

  73. lisa

    I own some dvds because I LOVE the houses in those movies. One of my favorites is Somethings Gotta Give – it was on TV the other night and I found myself watching because I love that house. I also like Because I Said So, Under The Tuscan Sun, and The Breakup. I Have not seen the movie It’s Complicated yet, but I had 3 different girlfriends tell me I needed to see this movie, they knew I would love the house and garden. I already know I will buy this movie when it comes out!! They are all great inspirations.

  74. Gina

    Looks like I’ve got some movie watching to do! I also love You’ve got Mail, and had totally forgotten about Mr and Mrs Smith. But now I’m thinking I better go watch Something’s gotta give-how have I missed that?!?
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Kitchen Refresher =-.

  75. Mary

    Definitely Home Alone! I love how the entire house was decorated in red/white/green let alone the fact that the house is gorgeous anyway. My husband has a stack of Christmas movies that we watch every year, and I’m always glad this is the first one. I try to see if I’m missing anything in one of the rooms.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Cream of tomato soup =-.

  76. Peggy

    “Evening” with Claire Danes has a couple interesting, traditional older homes with elegant interiors. And “Dark Victory” and “The Great Lie” with Bette David have charming, classical older homes. I admit to feeling like a peeping tom for wanting to see the interiors of interesting houses. LOL

  77. stacy k

    You have no idea how happy this post has made me!! Ever since I first saw that movie I have been in LOVE with that house! I have searched and searched and searched for any info I can find on it, so this post is like a big huge beacon screaming at me! :). Thanks so much for sharing the link!

  78. Lyndsy

    My new fav is Meryl Streep’s home in It’s Complicated. It’s a simple 1920’s Mediterranean in Santa Barbara that has a classic elegance to it! The movie was great but I was definitely captivated by the house!

  79. Lizabeth

    I know it’s a kid’s show but I spent the entire time watching the beautiful arts & crafts house and decorating in Zathura. Love it! Did anybody else notice this one? I’m going to have to go back through and check the other comments!

  80. Chris

    I am so not minimalist in my own home, but the clean midcentury futurism of Gattaca and of both Alex’s apartment and his victims’ home in A Clockwork Orange completely inspire me.

  81. Mrs. B.

    The home in It’s Complicated was one of the most captivating I’ve seen in a long time. So gorgeous.
    .-= Mrs. B.´s last blog ..Inspired Images =-.

  82. Maya

    I wish I could find images of the house from “A Cooler Climate”, a made-for-cable TV movie that’s probably more than ten years old now, staring Sally Field…, as well as of other homes that I remember!
    .-= Maya @ Completely Coastal´s last blog ..Going Wild with Wallpaper in the Bathroom =-.

  83. Debra

    I love so many of the homes already mentioned. Another home that I just loved was from The Blindside. I also really liked Sandra Bullocks clothes in the movie!

  84. Ryan

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this “house”! Oddly enough I was thinking of it just the other day.

  85. Ruth

    I LOVED this post! Makes me want to go back and watch a bunch of these movies again and it showed me I’m not crazy! I do this ALL the time. I love many of the movies that were already mentioned but one that I noticed that wasn’t is the house from Transformers. I know this isn’t a very girlie movie…I have a husband and a son so I’m sure that’s why I’ve seen it. Thanks for posting this again. I’ve got lots of links to check out now!!

  86. Kristi

    I absolutely loved the elegant staircase and home set in “Mommie Dearest”. Probably not a politically correct movie to love something from, but those rooms were fabulous!
    .-= Kristi´s last blog ..Powerful Punching =-.

    • Melissa

      Oh, yes, of course I have heard of Hooked on Houses! Love her blog (and Julia, the blog writer, too!). It is fun to see what The Inspired Room readers favorite movie set houses are! So many great movies listed!

  87. Mia

    So funny you said this. As I was reading the post I was like oh yes, “something’s gotta give” and then you mentioned it. It cracked me up. That is the only one that really sticks out in my mind.

  88. Misty

    I’m a big fan of Carrie Bradshaw’s apt in the Sex and the City Movie after it gets a makeover. Loved the colors! Good post by the way!
    .-= Misty´s last blog ..I’m Back!!! =-.

  89. Linda

    Hope Floats—-Sandra Bullock’s characters mother’s house was cool sans the taxidermy.

  90. Antoinette

    GILMORE GIRLS!! I love it because it’s got such personality!

  91. a woman who is

    Okay so I am not the only crazy woman that does this. I pause and rewind and paused …so many times for the decor.

    I do this with great garden scenes in movies too!

    Rats that is not a real house!
    .-= a woman who is´s last blog ..Women Who Wine =-.

  92. BeckyD

    The home in the Stuart Little movies is just amazing!!

  93. beckic

    Funny you should post about this!! My husband is constantly amazed by my inability to watch a television show without making a comment about furnishings, paint colours, etc. The other evening we were watching a rather serious murder mystery drama and in the scene a woman was being choked and tossed around a room….into a gorgeous hutch. I swear it was the most beautiful hutch I have ever seen!! :o) It’s nice to know that I am not alone in my passions! Becki

    • Melissa

      Ha, that is totally me. Poor woman in the scene, but I’d be looking at the hutch too. My husband is always saying … “Are you tracking with this movie?” And of course, I am not tracking with the plot. I am too distracted by the beauty of the decor, the setting of the home and all the great ideas I am taking in!

      So good to know so many of us have the same affliction! :-)

  94. Washington Cube

    Something’s Gotta Give, of course. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is one I always cite. The kitchen is to die for. That beach house in Julia Robert’s Sleeping With the Enemy. Robert DeNiro’s Beach House in Heat. Amy Adams house in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Michelle Pfieffer’s house in Cheri. Castle Howard in Brideshead Revisited. Joan Crawford’s closet in Mommy Dearest. The setting of Jack Ryan’s house in Patriot Games. Alicia’s Apartment-Living Room in The Good Wife. And for “messy but interesting mind,” Sherlock Holmes’ house and the elder Rabbi’s study in A Serious Man….and I’m just getting warmed up.

  95. Sheila

    Favorite tv and movie homes:

    Father of the Bride 1 and 2
    Somethings Gotta Give
    Practical Magic
    Frasier’s condo on the Frasier tv show
    Charlie’s beach house on Two and a Half Men tv show
    The Holiday houses
    It’s Complicated
    the inn in Vermont from the movie White Christmas
    the family home from “Little Women” (the one with Winona Ryder)
    Home Alone

    • Kelly Burris

      I’m with you! All are my favorites, although the house in Something’s Gotta Give may be the a real frontrunner for me. I think what makes each house work so well is not only how it sits on the site but also how it compliments the characters and plot. Most of the characters in the movies listed above have careers in the creative arts…playwrights, music producers, architects, performers….it’s logical that their houses would be extremely well-designed as well. Good list!

    • Michelle B.

      Sheila is Right…On…The…Money!!!! (with the exception of 2 1/2 Men…I don’t watch that show) The rest of the homes listed have always been my absolute FAVORITE T.V. homes. Sometimes I watch the movies just to see the beautiful homes.
      Something’s Gotta Give is numero UNO! I love the beach front.
      Practical Magic- It’s just gorgeous! Especially the greenhouse.
      With Frasier, I’d have to say that Nile’s Condo was more stunning for me. Frasier’s is nice also. But I covet Nile’s Apt. or Condo.
      The Inn from White Christmas…FAB-U-LOUSSSS!

      I always liked Mike & Carol Brady’s house too. (I admit it.)

  96. joni webb

    Melissa – just saw this in my email Google Alerts – missed it somehow, but thank you so much – as always, you are the sweetest. The gracious light of the design blogosphere!!!

    take care
    .-= joni webb´s last blog ..Ex-Governor Has Blunt Words for Obama =-.

  97. Nadia

    “When a man loves a woman. “A great Victorian house set in San Francisco. Movie stars- Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia (1994)

  98. Shelley Brown

    It has been brought to my attention that a lot of people have asked about the painting of the carton of “EGGS” in the kitchen of the movie “Mr.+Mrs. Smith.” My name is Shelley Brown.I am the artist who painted it. Giclee’s of the painting are available at [email protected] So glad you like it!

  99. Shelley Brown

    I LOVE the house occupied by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in “Mr.and Mrs.Smith”!!

  100. Stacey

    Hi all….

    Never forget The Lakehouse, the house itself and, of course, Chicago’s architecture.

    And then there is the ultimate bungalow in Back to the Future.

    Not to mention all the Arts and Crafts goodies in The Stakeout

    Plot is great but good design leaves an imprint as well! :-)

  101. Julia

    I just this week saw “The Greatest” and fell head over heels with the house they live in. Not the beach house, the REAL house! I’m obsessed! All I can find out is that the movie exteriors were filmed in and around Nyack, NY.

  102. Michelle B.

    Okay, I’m going to rent some of these movies that you guys are mentioning just so that I can see the houses!

    I forgot to mention: Home Alone -Gorgeous! (that went up for sale recently also.)

    I also love every-single-house that Katherine Hepburn has resided in for all of her movies.

    I can’t forget the house that Marlon Brando lived in, in The Godfather.

    My biggest love of all houses is the house that the movie “CLUE” was filmed.

  103. Theo

    I looked all over for the Rockaway Beach painting and others from this house and finally found someone who would do them. Canvas replicas. If you are looking for the art from the beach house they will do it. Great beach house, great movie!

  104. Mark Williamson

    I love houses and have always taken notice of special houses on TV and in the Movies. Here are my favorite movie houses:

    1. Something’s Gotta Give
    2. The Proposal
    3. Dan in Real Life
    4. The Transporter
    5. Under the Tuscan Sun
    6. Wedding Crashers
    7. The Change Up
    8. Disturbia
    9. It’s Complicated
    10. The Holiday
    11. Basic Instinct

  105. april

    Aside from the previous comments, here are some of my favorites as well:
    1. Enchanted April – set in a victorian-style castle/villa with a lovely LARGE garden (the best so far)
    2. In Her Shoes – Tonic Collette’s apartment and Shirley MacLaine’s little “cottage”
    3. Baby Mama – Tina Fey’s cozy apartment
    4. The Nanny Diaries – Laura Linney’s Manhattan condo suite
    5. The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep’s Manhattan townhouse
    6. Sleepless in Seattle – both Tom Hanks’ and Meg Ryan’s houses
    7. The Glass House (2001) – Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard’s house
    And so many more!!! Thanks for this wonderful site.. :)

  106. Megan

    Life as we know it is the movie my husband and I watched a hundred times when making plans for the remodel of our hundred year old house. Obviously our home has its own charm but we borrowed a lot of ideas from the house in that movie!

  107. Erin

    Love the houses in Spanglish and Knocked Up!

  108. Jane

    Hoping to find out more about the San Francisco house on the hill with garden that was featured in the older movie Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner. Thanks. It’s a pretty one to say the least.

  109. Heather

    I have watched this movie 5 times and two of the time JUST to study the house! LOL. My new “movie house” obsession is the Netflix series Grace & Frankie. I must have a thing for beach houses!


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